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Feb 27, 2013 1:00am PST
'll be staying with the program. i've got my guests and my cnn colleagues here. john allen, who has been with us, a long time cnn contributor, and himself jim bittermann, long time cnn correspondent, has covered many papal elections and transitions. and in the field, we have ben we'der man and becky anderson who will tell us what's going on much closer on to the basilica. john, this is an extraordinary moment. it is truly unprecedented. we can go bhak to pope gregory, but even longer than that, seven centuries ago when a pope stepped down voluntarily. put fuss the picture of how much of a chunk this is. >> well, when you cover an institution that has more than 2,000 years of history like the catholic church, you don't get a chance to use the phrase unchartered waters very often. but that truly is where we are. the only real precedent for this is 1294. and shortly after he resigned, he was in prison and died. so this is a completely new situation in which we'll have a retired pope living briefly at the pope summer residence, will eventually relocate into a monastery. and it will be very interesti
Feb 11, 2013 5:30pm PST
rome, john allen of cnn. he covers the vatican for the network and for the "national catholic reporter." we thank you all three for being with us. john allen, i'm going to stay with you. how much of a surprise was this? >> judy, i think this was a near total shock. just to tell you how crazy it was, i was actually scheduled to have lunch with a senior vatican official, a guy who works just down the hall from the papal apartment. as of early this morning even he didn't know it was coming. as your set-up piece indicated the shock isn't the content of the decision -- benedict had hinted fairly openly that he was receptive to the idea of a pope resigning, that actually under some circumstances a pope would have an obligation t resign if he's not able to continue to rform his duties. but certainly the timing of it, i think, fell out of a clear blew sky just like the rain we're experiencing in rome here tonight. >> woodruff: monsignor hilgartner, what about the timing of this? what does it say that he made this decision especially in contrast to what his predecessor pope john paul had been t
Feb 10, 2013 1:00pm EST
to amphibious operations moving from ships to shore. if faster, why is general john allen of the united states during quarter for top commander of coalition troops in afghanistan, perhaps the most landlocked country in the world and the reason is the marines have expanded their role in national defense. so it doesn't seem right. are they called marines up there in the mountains of afghanistan? >> host: what you call this the "underdogs"? >> guest: device had a nickname for themselves to which his devil dogs from world war i. the best term to describe how they thought of themselves. they are just a very small institution inside the larger defense establishment and always felt from the beginning to be persecuted and under risk, under siege by the army and navy who they were it would attend to reduce their numbers so the single most important characteristics of the culture is this notion that if they don't do everything they can to win alliances, friends and protect entries, who. >> host: aaron o'connell, is that underdog feeling reinforced in the marines? >> guest: there's some positive elements
Feb 14, 2013 5:00am EST
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Feb 20, 2013 2:00am PST
.s. air strikes. muhammad fled to afghanistan. >>> marine general john allen says he is retiring to help his wife deal with health issues. he was the commander of the coalition nominate to do lead the forces in europe. it was put on hold as e-mails between allen and florida socialite from investigated. allen was cleared of any wrong doing. president obama says john allen is one of the finest military leaders a true patriot and a man i have come to respect greatly. >> incredible video showing the terrifying moments the russian meteorite hit the school gym full of children. the tear fied students sent running for their lives and glass is flying. it is believed dwoins were smashed out after a sonic boom. luckily everyone in the building was okay. more than 1500 people were injured through out the city when this happened. >> time is running out for lawmakers to reach a deal to avoid looming spending cuts. there are nine days left. president obama is blaming republicans now even though the sec questions tore was their idea. >> if republicans and congress want to make a deal they will make a d
Feb 12, 2013 6:00am PST
poster anderson and politico john allen. john, you department get to be on set with us because you didn't get the memo about wearing valentine's day colors. >> you put them as close to you as policy. >> exactly. >> i admire that decision. >> you get to talk first. that's a benefit. i want to ask you, the state of the union, we covered this thing. it is viewed as the super bowl of politics. how much of what the president talks about tonight has any chance of getting accomplished? typically it feels like these things are a laundry list of asks with very few things that can actually be done. what do you make of that? >> if history is any judge, one or two things he can actually get done. we hear about the national infrastructure bank. every address the president gives, there has been no movement on that, but certainly when he talks about immigration reform, there is a chance of reform happening. i think you have some possibility of some gun control legislation happening. very limited it would seem at this point. there some areas where the president will talk about things, but by and large
Feb 26, 2013 5:00pm PST
. joining us john allen of the national catholic reporter and abuse survivor, former priest and currently co-founder and president of road to recovery, an organization that counsels fellow survivorses. john, the tone of cardinal mahoney's blog post, he clearly seems to feel that he is being persecuted and he says he's praying for those who unfairly attack him, he blames the media. for viewers who have not been following this closely, according to internal church records cardinal mahoney and a top adviser discussed ways to hide the sexual abuse of children from law enforcement for years, preventing police from investigating priests who had admitted to church officials they molested young boys, correct? >> yeah, that is correct, anderson. i think when cardinal mahoney argues that he's being unfairly treated, what he means is that while those failures that you're talking about are abundantly documented he would contend that later on once he became aware of the enormity of this problem he turned the corner and tried to become a reformer. some would suggest his later years he moved the archdioces
Feb 28, 2013 1:00am PST
in more than 700 years to voluntarily step down. it's an amazing instance. we're joined here by john allen, our senior vatican analyst and correspondent for the national catholic reporter online. and what do you think is going and what will his meetings with the cardinals be like this morning? >> well, you know, benedict xvi was of course himself a member of the college of cardinals for 20 plus years. he feels a brotherly bond with these guys. if you like, these are his boys. and i think, therefore, this is going to be an intimate emotional farewell. because you remember when he said he'll be hidden from the world in many ways he's going to be hidden from this group, too. the last thing he wants is the impression that he's scheming behind the scenes to control who they elect as the next pope or whatever the next pope does. >> to that end, john and zoraida, of course we know that at about 4:00 a.m. eastern he's going to be -- rather at about 5:00 p.m. local, you get a little bit confused with the time zones, 5:00 p.m. local he'll be leaving st. peter's by helicopter and that will be not jus
Feb 10, 2013 5:30pm PST
general john allen who has been in command for the last 19 months. president obama has nominated allen to be the supreme allied commander in europe. the u.s. and its allies plan to hand over security to afghan forces at the end of next year. >>> when "nbc nightly news" continues on this sunday, new information about a potentially deadly disease that's made a big comeback. >>> and later, why they're all rooting for this big guy as a top contender for best in show. >>> we're back with health news, and concern about a growing outbreak of whooping cough. it's a bacterial infection that can be fatal to very young children, while it was almost gone at one time, cases are now on the rise. nbc's chief medical editor dr. nancy snyderman has more on this tonight. >> reporter: 2012 was america's worst year for whooping cough in more than six decades. >> there's a tremendous outbreak of whooping cough across the united states right now. >> reporter: as scientists try to figure out how to better prevent infection, they're also looking at a new strain recently discovered here in the united states th
Feb 20, 2013 4:00am PST
considered for a big new job but marine general john allen said he's retiring. general allen just completed 19 months as top commander in afghanistan, but instead of taking the new job in europe, he'll retire to focus on helping his wife deal with health issues. allen was initially caught up in the sex scandal that forced cia director david petraeus to resign. eventually he was cleared of all wrongdoing. >>> turning to the weather, including a big snowstorm, bill karins is here. >>> right now it's california. they got their snow in the mountains last night and still tapering off but exiting the region. leaving a big chill in its wake. you can see the storm system as it goes to the south and very interesting ining weather day i california. report of one funnel cloud possibly a tornado. didn't do any damage. we didn't see a lot of moisture out of this. it was a moisture starved system, a lot of areas like san diego and l.a. everybody was under a quarter of an inch. the center of the spin is located right over the top of los angeles. notice there's a little bit of white left but not a lot, may
Feb 20, 2013 2:00am PST
john allen has announced that he's retired. he completed 19 months as top commander in afghanistan, instead of taking the new job, he'll retire to help his wife deal with health issues. here's your "first look" at the dish of scrambled politics americans still don't like congress very much. 15% approve of the job that the lawmakers are doing, up one point from last month. >>> deanny hoyer said that the 2016 presidential race is easy to predict, if hillary clinton decides to win, she'll clear the field. >>> tea party group has apologized for sending out a e-mail that was photo shopped to make karl rove look like a nazi to help raise funds. >>> choosing candy crowley to moderate the second debate was a mistake, crowley was blasted by conservatives for challenging mitt romney. >>> in facebook town hall meeting tuesday, vice president joe biden talked about white house gun control efforts. following the school shooting in newtown, connects cut. the best thing for protection is a shotgun. >> put that double barrelled shotgun and fired two blast outside the house. you don't need a ar-15,
Feb 9, 2013 2:00pm PST
. >> general john allen has overseen much of the security transition of afghan soldiers. allen has told al jazeera that the taliban has to change if it wants to be part of the country 's leadership. >> if the taliban want to play in the future of afghanistan, they're going to have to account for this constitution. they're going to have to account for the rights of women, and they're going to have up -- have to give up violence. and the connections they have had with all kind of. -- all tied up. -- al qaeda. we leave that process to president karzai and his government, where it should properly reside. >> the government has agreed to hold talks with rebel forces. earlier this month, the roots are in opposition volunteered to negotiate with the government. seven new ministers have been appointed. no explanation was given for the changes. government jets on the outskirts of the capital sent in troops to try to capture sections of the key damascus ring road after rebels made gains there. they were tending to stop opposition fighters from moving into the city center -- are trying to stop opposit
Feb 10, 2013 2:00pm PST
a general john allen in the afghan capital city -- in the afghan city of kabul. >> today is not about change, it's about continuity. what has not changed is the will of this coalition. what has not changed is our commitment to accomplish the mission. more and courtly, what has not changed is the inevitability of our success. >> is facing some tough challenges, among them, republicans to question whether he's the right man for the job. >> with the u.s. looking forward to december, 2014 as the day u.s. combat forces are expected to leave afghanistan for good, a marine corps general is guarding his term as the last general to run the war in that country. >> i understand is much work to be dead and the challenges will be many. >> he lead a regiment of some 6000 troops into iraq in 2003 and spent much of his career at the pentagon, calling some to question his battlefield credentials. >> how much personal time have you had in afghanistan? >> senator, i have not served on assignment in afghanistan. >> in this high-profile position, he will have to manage the politics in washington and in kabul, es
Feb 20, 2013 5:00am EST
candidate to lead the u.s. and allied forces in europe. marine corps general john allen was in line to fill that position but decided to retire. last fall the pentagon suspended allen's nomination during an investigation into his e-mails with a florida socialite. he was later cleared of any wrongdoing. the investigation has nothing to do with his decision to retire. instead, he says, his primary concern right now is his wife who is dealing with health issues. >>> 5:18 right now. an education department commission recommending preschool for poor students within ten years. that 52-page report adds a time frame to president barack obama's call to expand preschool education. this commission studied the gap between rich and poor students over a two-year period. the recommendations face an uphill battle with congress though. the president introduced that initiative during his state of the union address. apple is the latest dop feel the wrath of computer hackers. it was hidden in a website for software developers. the same malware was used to launch attacks against facebook and twitter which were
Feb 19, 2013 7:00pm EST
. >>> marine general, john allen, is retiring. he wrapped up 19 months as top commander in afghan tan afghanistan. instead, he is releasing a statement saying he would rather focus on helping his wife. allen was recently cleared of any wrong doing after e-mails surfaced between him and the florida woman connected to the david pee petreus. >>> the showers and in some cases, the thunderstorms are east of us. not super cold yet. 40s in most spots. 44 at andrews, but 39 in gaithersburg and in frederick and down to 41 in leesburg and manassas. here's the radar. last showers pushing through now. everything is across the bay, and either across the bay or up into northeast maryland, up 95. so for tonight, clear, windy, and colder. winds northwest at 10 to 20. and lows 26 to 32. we'll come back and talk about just how cold the windchills remain for the next couple of days and look ahead to friday. >> the traffic is about to get messier on the memorial bridge. beginning tomorrow, inspectors will begin examining the deck of that bridge. between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., the traffic will be thro
Feb 20, 2013 7:00am EST
will be the actually sentence in the case. >>> general john allen will not be the next commander of the u.s. nato forces in europe. he announced he's retiring to care for his wife. his nomination had been put on hold for time because of details with a florida socialite but he was cleared of any wrongdoing. last week he talked with "60 minutes" correspondent lara logan. >> i get the impression sitting here it's not just a job or carrying the next promotion. you're caring this in your heart. >> yes. i almost can't imagine being anywhere else. this is completely consuming to me and i'm dedicated 24 hour as day to the magnificent troops, the after against and the cause. this is very personal to me and i take it very person. >> it's time to show you some of the headlines. they argue how much can be donated. it's the first finance case to go before the court since a controversial decision citizens united ruling in 2010. >>> the "l.a. times" says a student. went on a shooting spree in orange county, california. police say he carjack add drug and shot and wounded three and killed many me. it ended when t
Feb 19, 2013 4:00pm EST
john allen retiring, as top allied commander in afghanistan? >>> odds are, one in 70 million. meet a mother who beat them. >>> another shooting spree in california. and so far, four people are dead. eyewitness news at 4:00 continues with denise and >>> it's 4 children 29. 44 degrees with light rain showers. hello, everyone. thanks for staying with eyewitness news. i'm vic carter. >> and i'm denise koch. here's what people are talking about. >>> police are investigating wild sprees. four people are dead, including the gunman. edward lawrence reports for wjz from tustin, california. >>> police cars are parked outside a home in ladera ranch. investigators say it began as a domestic dispute. shortly afterward, there was a carjacking. the driver was not injured, but a bystander was caught. minutes later, this time, the driver was killed. a third carjacking followed. driver was killed and the passenger was critically injured. >>> several gunshots on the freeway, while the suspect was driving on the freeway. or he had stopped and got out of his veh
Feb 26, 2013 9:00am PST
," shared the newspaper's 2003 pulitzer prize on the story of the clergy sex abuse coverup and john allen, our senior vatican analyst. michael, a lot of us have been talking about this, you covered this for quite some time. your investigation of priest sexual abuse in boston a long time ago would turn into something that eventually would impact the whole catholic church around the world. did you have any idea what you were sitting on? >> well, when i'm started the investigation with my colleagues on the spotlight team i had no idea how big the scandal would be. i had no idea how big it would be in the boston archdiocese never mind the united states and the world. it's much, much bigger than i ever imagined. >> you're not the first one who did say this but the gay prieis in the church is the tip of the iceberg. tell us what you meant by that. you're not the only one saying that. >> well, i think it's the tip of the iceberg because it's well known there are a lot of gay clergy in the catholic church, and the church itself teaches that homosexuality is wrong, that it's an intrinsic disorder.
Feb 11, 2013 6:00pm EST
force in afghanistan replacing john allen. dunford is expected to be the last commander of nato troops before combat operations end in 2014. all the thousands of soldiers will remain behind. in his outgoing address, john allen said the u.s. is winning the war in afghanistan. >> afghan forces defending afghan people and enabling the governments of this country to serve its citizens, this is victory. this is what winning looks like. we should not shrink from using these words. i've lived afghanistan will never again be a safe haven to terrorists -- i believe afghanistan will never again be a safe haven to terrorists and the scourge of the plague of the world. >> the obama administration plans to nominate alan to serve as the next supreme allied commander after he was cleared of misconduct in the scandal of the ousted david petraeus. israeli forces have dismantled a number -- another palestinian encampment challenging the settlement growth in the west bank. activists erected tents near have been saturday in a bid to protect their town. there were forcibly -- they were forcibly arrested. b
Feb 11, 2013 2:00am PST
allen now on the phone. what can you tell us? are you there? john, can you hear us? we're having some problems with the connection there, but we'll head back to him. we do know that the vatican is saying that pope is set to resign in february, they're not sharing any details why. but there there have been reports -- i believe he's 85 years old and he's been in declining health. >> it is unusual for popes to resign. i don't think it has happened in 600 years. >> it's incredible. i think we have john allen back. john, are you there? >> i am. >> wonderful. what can you tell us about this? we were shocked to hear the vatican confirm that the pope is, indeed, set to resign in february. what do you know? >> this is indeed a stunning announcement and one that -- that -- to some extent has come out of the clear blue sky, and the vatican in this particular case, holds this very close to the vest. there will be a briefing from the vatican in 20 minutes. a statement from the pope, apparently going to be presented, which among other things, his intention to resign on february 28th. this, of cours
Feb 11, 2013 11:00am PST
from deborah feyerick in new york. but first, straight to cnn's senior vatican analyst john allen, live for me in rome right now. john, i mean, it sounds like the pope left the vatican scrambling. will they have a successor in the 17 days when the pope is stepping down? >> reporter: hi, brooke. well, as you can probably see over my shoulder, we have got a rainy night tonight in rome. and just as this rain came out of a clear blue sky earlier today, so too did the announcement that benedict xvi would be stepping down. i'll tell you how shocked people around here were. i was scheduled to have lunch today with the very senior vatican official, a guy who works just down the hall from pope benedict xvi. and about an hour before he and i were to get into a cab to go to a roman restaurant, we were both scrambling. this was a decision that benedict xvi played very close to the vest. you asked, will there be a successor? sure there will. the decision becomes official at 8:00 p.m. rome time on february 28th, at which point the vatican will enter the sede vacante, when the throne of peter is vacan
Feb 28, 2013 2:00am PST
will eventually convene in the conclave to elect the next pope. joined here by john allen as you can see, we're in a busy location. behind us is st. peter's. i can't help but notice for all the attention on this incredible moment, when we were back here in 2005, rome was overflowing with about 5 million pilgrims as john paul lay dying. give us a sense of the difference of what's happening and the outpouring. >> the obvious difference is this transition is following resignation rather than death. you don't have the same outpouring of grief. >> we're seeing those live pictures indeed. >> by the way, christiane, speaking of turbulence, this is taking place in the hall of clementine. >> he was tossed into a river with an anchor around his neck so his body would not bubble back up. you want to talk turbulence? >> and why? >> the authorities of the day saw him as a hostile to their interests. they were hoping to replace him with somebody who would be more soft. my point is that whatever you think of the turbulence of the last eight years you really ain't seen nothing compared to centuries past. >>
Feb 27, 2013 2:00am PST
columns. i want to turn to john allen and jim bittermann. i was stunned by what he said, that he felt his strength ebbing away from him, and that this is not the usual fair that we hear from this pope, this personal, personal attribution. >> you're 100% right. i covered both john paul 2 rii benedict xvi. john paul would wear his heart on the sleeve. he talked about his mind and his heart all the time. benedict as always been much more reluctant to get that glimpse of what's going on inside. i think it's part of the man's humility, but he wanted to to keep himself out of the story. today however he set that normal reserve aside and he gave us a remarkable look at what was in his mind and his heart as he reached this momentous decision. >> and i can't help but think of all the things that he obliquely referred to, and when he said it was time for a more vigorous both physically and mentally person to carry this church into the future and also to deal with the things that he referred to in his speech. you were talking just this week to a journalist who has written all about the vatican and w
Feb 26, 2013 1:00am PST
allen there is a senior correspondent for "the national catholic reporter." john, you say the idea of a existence of some sort of network of gay men or gay priests or high officials inside the vatican isn't at all improbable, but do you believe that's the reason the pope is resigning? >> no, anderson, i don't. i think for the most part, you have to take benedict xvi at his word that he's resigning because of his age and fatigue. on the other hand, i think you have to ask the question why is he so fatigued, and i think at least part of that picture is that he has spent much of the last eight years frustrated that his efforts to be a teaching pope, to conduct a kind of global graduate acceptable yar and the relationship between reason and faith and so on have been hampered by a kind of endless series of crises and controversies and meltdowns, some of them coming in from the outside and some of them self-inflicted. so i think that is indeed part of the calculus. but fundamentally, i don't think there is some deep, dark secret. i think this is one of those cases in terms that what you
Feb 17, 2013 5:00am PST
a murder plot. joining us to talk about it though, john allen, senior cnn vatican analyst in ron. papal success is one of the most -- it's seek yet and intense in the history of the world really. what is this going to be like? >> reporter: lay, christi, you're absolutely right. not only is this mystery-soaked, but as you indicated in the old days they used to play for some very high stakes. bear in mind that when benedict xvi leaves the vatican on february 28th, the last thing that will happen is the college of cardinals will say farewell to him. they will do that in a room that is named for a pope, pope clement, who several centuries ago was kidnapped, taken to the crimea, executed. his body was tossed into a river with an anchor around it so it couldn't pop back up. i mean, this is not just the stuff of dan brown. this is the stuff of real life. nobody is expecting this time around it's going to be quite that dramatic. but when we're talking about a leadership change for a church with 1.2 billion followers all over the world, it's obviously momentous, and when the cardinals file into
Feb 3, 2013 6:00am PST
the sovereign nation of afghanistan. john allen has a very well thought out campaign plan. as we look at the different options for both presidents after '14 and how we get from here to 14. we're basing it on keeping three things in equilibrium. the campaign objectives laid out in lisbon with nato allies, retrograde. we have a pretty significant challenge of getting ourselves out of afghanistan in terms of equipment and force protection. we'll keep those three things in equilibrium. >> 66,000 troops there now. what sounds to you all like a reasonable number at the end of 2014? what should the afghan government be able to do with how many u.s. troops? >> the most important thing that's happened is that the afghan army has become operational. they developed their ability to provide security. we couldn't make a transition in the areas that need add transition, over 75% of the afghan nation under afghan control and security. we couldn't do that if there wasn't an afghan army that's becoming much more capable of doing their job. if we maintain a 352,000 number, which is what we're trying to
Feb 11, 2013 6:00pm PST
in afghanistan. general john allen handing over command of u.s. and international troops in afghanistan to a new commander, to commander joseph dunford. this is the 14th time that command has transferred in the afghanistan war, because that war has been going on for that long. general john allen is out as commander. he is handing over the leadership. if all goes as planned, general dunford is going to be the last person to have this job. he will be the 15th of 15 u.s. commanding generals for this war in afghanistan. as such, a substantial portion of what he'll be responsible for as commander will be leaving, the huge logistical feat of getting us after fighting there for 12 years. is that going to be a focal point of tomorrow's state of the union address? we do not know. we are now in the managing expectations and strategic leaking and even strategic disinformation part of the process. we're told, for example, to expect a message of economic populism in tomorrow night's speech, picking up themes offered in the president's inaugural address just three weeks ago. we're also told a to expect the pr
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